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American, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds in a Manuka Honey and Red Wine Reduction

This was the grand finale for Mystic Meals Under the Moon’s Full Harvest Moon 4-Course Dinner. The richness of the chocolate and pumpkin seeds were perfectly balanced by the petite size and lightness of fresh figs. Paired with a cinnamon or other fall-spiced hot tea and you have the perfect early fall dessert or snack when figs are in season.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Salmon Salad

Serve with watermelon slices, French bread-

This was a surprise hit, considering my family does not prefer salmon. My oldest declared that “this doesn’t even taste like salmon” as she went back for seconds. It is truly a keep-the-heat-out-of-the-kitchen recipe as the salmon is grilled and tossed with fresh, crisp ingredients. Cool watermelon slices and a loaf of good quality bread round out a new way to eat salmon in the summer.

All Seasons, American, Breads, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Something about the start of fall (even if it is 90 degrees) has me trying all kinds of quick breads. As you know I am not much of a baker and quick breads are very forgiving and easy. While banana bread is my good ‘ole standby (as I always have ripe bananas lying around), I wanted to try my hand at a gluten-free version of a popular end-of-summer, early fall favorite- zucchini bread (when we are all trying to use up the abundance of zucchini in our gardens). Two thumbs up from family and friends and they did not even miss the wheat flour or refined sugar.

All Seasons, American, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Coconut-Cranberry Chia Pudding

I adapted a chia pudding recipe from Natural Health Magazine to make it more palatable to kids, thinking this would be a great substitute to store bought puddings. Much to my surprise this tastes and has a texture more similar to rice pudding. Both my daughters gobbled it up! Steeped in calcium-rich milk and blood regulating cinnamon, and studded with sweet cranberries and healthy fat from the shredded coconut, the high protein, and high fiber, omega-3 rich chia seeds are in good company creating a healthy grab-and-go breakfast, snack or sleep-inducing nibble.

All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Latin America, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Sandra’s Super Addictive Hot Salsa

My friend, Sandra Botero, whips up the freshest, spiciest salsa that I regularly consume on everything from eggs and grilled meats to simple salads. She shared her recipe with me in all its freshness and simplicity. I dare you to try this and then tell me that you do not crave it. You’ll also stay sick-free, as this salsa is chockfull of immunity boosting vegetables.

All Seasons, American, Dairy Free, Drinks, Drinks, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Green Smoothies

This is my favorite way to get a lot of raw fruits and vegetables in my girls’ diet first thing in the morning. There are so many great things about green smoothies beyond the obvious health benefits: fast, easy, adaptable, portable; to name a few.

The “green” refers to adding vegetable greens, such as spinach, kale or romaine lettuce, into a fruit smoothie but if you leave out dark fruit the greens create a vibrant green colored smoothie which most kids find fun especially if you give it a fun name(Kermit’s Smoothie perhaps?).

This is my kids’ favorite version, which includes raspberries (optional in the recipe below if you want a bright green colored smoothie); dark fruit is an easy way to “hide” the spinach (worked wonders for me for years with my youngest. Now she does not care, as the great taste factor overruled the idea of spinach in her smoothies).

All, American, Chicken, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Summers Cobb Salad

Serve with creamy cilantro and parsley dressing-

I developed this version of the Cobb Salad to include some of the season’s more popular offerings found in farmer’s markets and our backyards. My family voted for a creamy dressing so I pulled what was growing rampant in my herb garden to accent a homemade ranch dressing. The result was 5 stars, as witnessed by both my daughters going back for seconds!

I have arranged the ingredients on a large platter for each person to assemble individually their salad, plus it showcases the rainbow of colors of fresh ingredients found this time of year. It’s a beautiful presentation!